With Kapow! Comic Con finally over, we catch up on the highlights of the weekend and our thoughts on the event.
Green Lantern started off with a short clip of the video game which will be launched in June which showed some fantastic animation and an insight into the world of Green Lantern. The second part was an 80 minute animation called The Emerald Knights, with Nathan Fillion voicing Hall Jordan and explain to a new recruit stories about some of the main characters and the history of the Green Lantern Corp. This was especially informative for those who knew nothing about the Green Lantern Universe, and after an 80 minute animated lesson felt a lot more knowledgeable. Lastly we were treated to the 8 minute footage of Green Lantern only ever seen before at Wondercon, showing Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) discovering the ring and lantern and becoming initiated. Although the footage seemed good, I’m hoping there is a lot more explaining and comic value in the final film.
Sunday was the main film and TV today which included the Momentum Pictures panel, Misfits and Skins, Being Human, and the surprise top secret film, which turned out to be Super – read our review here.
Momentum opened with the crowd pleasing (but family friendly) trailer for Hobo with a Shotgun, which looked utterly brilliant and will surely be a fan favourite when it opens. Next we were treated to the trailer from the upcoming Norwegian film Troll Hunters – think District 9, but trolls in Norway – which is scheduled for release this May/June. Next up was Q&A with The Woman in Black director James Watkins, who talked about his passion for Hammer films, Daniel Radcliffe’s abs, and the fear of the unknown, which was followed by a teaser trailer. Although the trailer didn’t show much (watch it here) it looked very good, and they finally announced the release date as 10th February 2012. The final segment of the panel was Q&A with the director and writer/actor of Insidious James Wan and Leigh Whannell, which was both very informative and entertaining. They pair obviously work very well as a team and alternated between telling us horror stories and laughing-so-hard-cried anecdotes. They didn’t give much away in terms of future plans except for a planned sci-fi/fantasy idea in the works.
Misfits and Skins: Although slightly perplexed as to why Skins was at a comic convention, there seemed a strong enough crowd for it although they weren’t able to give any anything from the upcoming series, they did admit that the lowered tone of the recent series was in order to going back to dealing with real teen issues rather than trying to become more extreme. Misfits gained most of the questions however, although the biggest news from the panel was the loss of Nathan (Robert Sheehan) who was leaving to show to try out new things. The rest of the cast will remain however, and Nathan’s character will be replaced by Rudy, although casting is still in process. Nathan’s departure from the show will take the form of a webisode shortly before the beginning of series 4. We asked the Misfits cast if they could have any super power, what would it be, and Simon (Iwan Rheon) told us that he would like the power of Karma. To be able to make things happen to good people, and bad things happen to bad people, that would be ideal power.
Being Human was a Q&A with Toby Whitehouse, one of the creators and writers of the show, who within the first five minutes assured everyone that Mitchell was definitely and absolutely dead. There was no way he was coming back. Whitehouse wasn’t giving anything away from the upcoming series, but we asked if the characters would remain in the B&B or if I location change (as what happened between series 2 and 3) was on the cards, and were given the response “Absolutely not! Do you know much that set cost? Characters may change and years may pass but I can assure you whoever the characters are, they will be staying in that house!”
The first ever Kapow! Comic con was a huge success, it was just a shame they chose the sunniest weekend of the year to hold it! The event also saw two new Guinness World Records set; comic book artists from across the industry came together to achieve new records for the ‘Fastest Production of a Comic-book’ (11 hours 19 min 38 sec) and ‘Most Contributors to a Comic-Book’ (62 contributors).